Authorities are encouraging farmers in Mondulkiri province to grow white cabbages (Brassica oleracea var capitata f alba), citing favourable weather and high demand.
At a press conference on the Mondulkiri Provincial Administration’s advances and achievements over the past five years, provincial Department of Agriculture director Sok Kheang highlighted the local agricultural sector’s potential, given how conducive climatic and soil conditions generally are for vegetable production.
Local white cabbages have drawn praises from consumers for their quality, taste, crispy texture and the organic practices typically used in their production.
Kheang said the cabbages are growing better than other crops in Mondulkiri, noting that local varieties of the vegetable can have a bit of a sweet taste.
“Currently, six companies have bought the province’s cabbages to supply the Phnom Penh market and that of other provinces. On average, we can supply over 12 tonnes per month. Although this volume may be small, we can afford to supply them to other markets,” he said.
He called for the adoption of modern agricultural techniques and technologies to boost production, reduce labour and costs, and improve efficiency in the use of inputs.
Kheang indicated that coffee, cashew nuts, cassava, avocados, passion fruit, rubber and plenty of vegetables tend to grow rather well in the province.